Suzlon crosses 15 gigawatt of wind energy installations worldwide

Wind turbine manufacturing major Suzlon group Thursday said it has installed over 15 gigawatt of cumulative wind turbines in 25 countries across the globe amounting to 9 percent of the world’s total wind power installation.

‘The group’s 15 gigawatt of worldwide installations include 10 gigawatt by Suzlon Energy Limited and 5 gigawatt by REpower Systems in which Suzlon Energy is a majority shareholder with a holding of over 90 percent,’ the company said in a regulatory filing.

‘As we look ahead, there is incredible potential waiting to be tapped. Global wind energy potential is estimated at 72,000 gigawatt, more than four times the current world energy consumption and we have barely scraped the surface,’ said Tulsi R. Tanti, chairman and managing director, Suzlon Energy Limited.

‘Harnessing this potential means providing clean, green future, sustainable livelihoods and energy security,’ he added. At the Bombay Stock Exchange the shares of the company were up 6.44 percent and traded at Rs.51.25.

Suzlon Group, the world’s third leading wind turbine manufacturer, announced that it has crossed 15 GW (gigawatt) of cumulative installations in 25 countries worldwide, amounting to 9 per cent of the world’s total wind power installations. The cumulative power generation from the 15 GW capacity has the potential to light up more than 60 million households every year.

The Suzlon’s Group’s 15 GW of worldwide installations includes 10 GW by Suzlon Energy Limited and 5 GW by REpower Systems AG – in which Suzlon Energy Limited is a majority shareholder with a holding of over 90 per cent. It covers Group onshore and offshore installations worldwide.

Speaking on this significant milestone, Mr. Tulsi R Tanti, founder, Chairman and Managing Director – Suzlon Energy Limited, said: “The 15,000 MW mark is a great achievement for the Group and a testament to the trust placed in us by our stakeholders. From our humble beginnings just 15 years ago, we have grown to be a world leader in wind energy.

This landmark signifies the growing acceptance and importance of wind in the energy mix, and Suzlon’s role in bringing that about. “As we look ahead, there is incredible potential waiting to be tapped. Global wind potential is estimated at 72,000 GW – more than four times the current world energy consumption –and we have barely scraped the surface. Harnessing this potential means providing for a clean, green future, sustainable livelihoods, and very important – energy security. As a Group, we are well positioned to compete in the global wind market and play our part in providing ecologically sustainable development all over the world.”

In past the 15 years, Suzlon has grown from strength to strength. From a small India-based operation in 1995, the Suzlon Group has grown to be a leading wind power company with manufacturing facilities, supply chain operations, project management and operations and maintenance in over 32 countries across six continents. The Group offers customers a comprehensive product line to suit every customer’s need – from 600 kW to 6 MW wind turbines catering to both the onshore and offshore wind farm market.

The Suzlon Group has a fully integrated supply chain with manufacturing facilities on three continents; Asia, Europe and North America. Suzlon drives research and development as an integral part of the business and has, through the years, established facilities for R&D of composite wind turbine technology in Germany and Denmark, aerodynamic development in The Netherlands, Denmark and India, and Engineering Centers across India.

The Group has a over 13,000 employees across 32 countries on six continents. The group follows a ‘global experience, local expertise’ approach to talent which gives us the advantage of leveraging local talent and creating a global expert workforce.

Suzlon in India

Suzlon accounts for nearly half of the country’s total wind installations and has added over 5,500 MW of wind power capacity for over 1,600 customers across 40 windfarms locations in eight states. Today, Suzlon is India’s largest wind turbine manufacturer and has been leading the eind energy market in India for the past 12 years with nearly 50 per cent yearon-year market share. Suzlon has built one of the biggest windparks in the world – the Sankeneri windpark which has an installed base of 686.30 MW. The largest windpark of India is in Kutch and has a total capacity of 806.20 MW installed by Suzlon. The Dhule wind farm in Maharashtra is significant in Suzlon’s contribution to the state’s wind capacity with an installed base of 690.05 MW.

With an aim to positively impact the communities in the Suzlon neighborhood, the Suzlon Foundation was incorporated in 2007. The Foundation has partnered with experienced and committed NGOs and Government Departments to implement over 120 projects running in across eight states and two Union Territories; directly benefiting 33,000 vulnerable families in 466 Indian villages.

Suzlon Energy Limited is ranked as the world’s third leading wind turbine supplier in terms of market share in 2009. Suzlon has its corporate headquarters – Suzlon One Earth – in Pune, India. The company’s global spread reflects in its projects and markets portfolio – extending across Asia, Australia, Europe South Africa and North and South America.